People’s Champion Finalist: GPS Locums
Meet the fast-growing medical recruitment agency and Startups Awards People’s Champion contender – and cast your vote!
Start-up name: GPS Locums
Founder: Jonathan Brown, 30, Ian Oxley, 34, James Blackburn, 25
Started in: 2012
Based in: Billericay, Essex
Business description: Medical recruitment agency
Despite their relative youth, the three co-founders of GPS Locums possess 13 years of recruitment experience between them. Given one of the three – Ian Oxley – was actually a City trader the figure carries more weight.
And it explains why in just two years the company has become a key supplier of locum doctors to the NHS and the private sector already. Its stated aim, for which it says it is on course, is to become one of the top five suppliers to the NHS and private sector within the next three years.
Tier 1 contracts have been won and renewed and turnover and profits show a young company in rude health.
Each year, there are in excess of a fairly staggering 800,000 hours available to locums of all specialities, such as A&E, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Surgery, Medicine, Anaesthetics and Psychiatry, creating plenty of opportunity for locum providers.
That’s why GPS Locums’ fast-expanding team of 10 work assiduously to fill hundreds of exclusive locum vacancies at a range of grade levels across the length and breadth of the UK each week.
As the entry states: “We provide a first class service to the NHS 24/7, covering doctors of all grades such as SHO through to Consultant; we provide the full package to our clients. Our client (NHS) only need make one phone call to us and we will do everything. We provide only 100% compliant locum doctors which is so important in our market.”
Why GPS Locums made our 50:
Spurning the opportunity to take on bank funding and invoice finance provisions has not proved an inhibitor to growth and looks set to have provided solid foundations to see the company achieve its ambitious plans